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Brewer and Treyens (1981)
Transcript of Brewer and Treyens (1981)
Experiment on memory of objects in a room
To investigate whether people’s memory for objects in a room (an office) is influenced by existing schemas about what to expect in an office
30 university students
Most of the participants recalled the schematic objects (e.g. desk, typewriter)
Many participants also recalled the skull (unexpected objects)
Some participants reported things that were not in the room but would be expected to be in the room (e.g. telephone, books)
The participants arrived individually to the laboratory and waited in an office that was contained with office objects (e.g. desk, typewriter,coffee-pot, calendar.) But here were also other objects in the office (e.g. skull,piece of bark, a pair of pliers)
The participants were let out after some amount of time and they were supposed to write down everything that they could remembered from the room
It confirms schema theory (and reconstructive memory)